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From: Tim Heider, Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911


Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

County, Gladstone agree on library settlement
Signing ceremony set for Monday

At this morning’s weekly Business Meeting, Clackamas County Commissioners unanimously agreed to a proposed settlement that provides a path forward toward a comprehensive library solution for the city of Gladstone and the unincorporated Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge area. This action follows the Gladstone City Council’s unanimous approval of the settlement earlier this week.

The city and county had been involved in a legal dispute since August 2016 over funding for construction of a library in Gladstone. This settlement agreement resolves that lawsuit. 

Key points of the settlement include:

The settlement can be seen on the county’s website at

“The city and county are moving forward on a solution that works for all parties,” stated Gladstone City Administrator Jacque Betz. “This is a victory for everyone involved, and the residents of Gladstone should be pleased. This settlement calls for a library that will be a centerpiece of our downtown, and Gladstone residents will not be burdened by additional taxes for its construction.”

“This is a win-win-win solution,” stated Clackamas County Administrator Don Krupp. “Gladstone residents win because they get a new library with no additional taxes for construction. Oak Lodge area residents win because they get a new library three times as big as the current one.

“The county wins because a lawsuit with a constituent city is dropped,” continued Krupp. “This is how governmental conflict should be resolved. I’m especially proud that the settlement specifies a robust public involvement process that will include all relevant parties.”

As part of the settlement, Gladstone has agreed to submit a ballot measure to residents for May 2018 rescinding the current prohibition on using local funds for construction of a library. The county has agreed to submit a ballot measure (if needed) to adjust the existing Library District intergovernmental agreement as necessary to incorporate elements of the plan.

Both the city and county have committed to a comprehensive and collaborative public engagement process in design, scope, location, size, service levels, amenities and other aspects of the projects.

Formalization of the settlement will be celebrated at a joint board/city council signing ceremony this coming Monday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Gladstone City Hall (525 Portland Ave.). Members of the media are welcome to attend.  

For more information, members of the media may contact Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at or 503-742-5911.


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